According to Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post), the latest attraction for visitors to South Bali and Nusa Dua is located below sea level in the form of underwater statues installed for the amusement and entertainment of snorkelers and divers.
In an ongoing program, statues depicting Balinese dancers and characters from Hindu epics have been installed at a depth of 11 meters some 500 meters offshore from Samuh Beach at Nusa Dua.
28 of an expected total of 74 statues have now been sunk in the water’s depths in a project initiated by Pariama Hutasoit of the Nusa Dua Reef Foundation at a cost of Rp. 650 million (US$67,200).
The entire project has been funded by public donations.
Each statue is made of a substance that will encourage new coral growth, eventually serving as a foundation for a large reef formation that will become the home to a whole range of aquatic life.
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